The Multigenerational Travel Badge asks you to thoughtfully plan a trip for family members and have an adventure! The trip we took to earn this badge was to Germany and Austria but this badge can easily be done in your own backyard (no need to go to another state, let alone Europe!)
Let me give you a quick rundown of how earning a badge works. We use “Badge Guides” to lay out what it takes to earn the badge.
Badge Guides are printable “recipes” or ideas for learning something new and sharing it with friends. Do something to satisfy each of the three steps to earn the badge:
Step 1. Research
Step 2. Learn from others
Step 3. Share your knowledge
The steps in the Badge Guide are designed to be flexible, so if you want to watch different YouTube videos or listen to different podcasts, feel free! Just make sure they are fairly equivalent in length and information shared. You can use our worksheets to take notes, plan how you’ll complete each step, and record your reflections on earning the badge.
During the Week
Complete Step 1: Research
First, decide who you want to take the trip with and a short list of places you could go. We recommend picking someplace close by that you have an interest in exploring. We live in mid-Michigan, so some good options for us would be Detroit or Grand Rapids. These are both places we go a couple times a year but know there is much more to see in each location! You could decide to stay overnight or just take a day trip.
You will research two topics: tips for traveling with people the ages you are traveling with and things to do/fun facts about your location. Be sure to grab a notebook and take some notes, or use this worksheet!
Family Travel Research
What are the ages of the people you will be traveling with? If they are teens or older adults, we have some recommended websites and Youtube videos to check out (below). If they are younger (infants, toddlers, or younger children), search Youtube, Pinterest, and Google to find some other resources that would be helpful.
Here are a few sites to check out for information on multigen travel, including travel with younger kids:
You can read a compilation of the tips we found about traveling with teens and older adults here.
Look up Top 10 Things to See lists on TripAdvisor, Pinterest or Google. These lists are great because you can read reviews from real people about their experiences in the city. As you read the lists and reviews, think about which activities or sights would be appealing to all members of your group. You can also choose activities that a few members would like and then alternate to make sure all members get to do something they would love.
Check out the city’s website to see what city officials recommend. No reviews here, but the city should be well informed about their top sights!
Search for the city on Youtube and look for travel vlogs others have posted so you can see what they did. While on Youtube, find some videos about the history of the city. You can share what you learn with your family members while on the trip!
Complete Step 2: Learn from Others
Write a list of your lingering questions and topics you want more information about.
Talk to someone who has traveled with family members the same age as your travel companions.
Even if you’ve done trips with teens before, reach out to a friend with teen and ask her/his tips. You’ll likely learn something new! Both about the friend and about savvy travel.
Talk to someone who has been to the place you are traveling to, or who lives there!
What are the highlights of the place for them? What do they recommend are do-not-miss sights or activities? Be sure to tell them about your group and the ages you are traveling with so they can tailor their recommendations.
Over the Weekend
Complete Step 3: Share your Knowledge
Take the trip! Share what you’ve learned about the place and the history with the rest of your group. You can read about our “lessons learned” from completing Step 3 and taking a trip with our teenage and older adult family members here.
Once you get home, consider sharing your photos using Google Photos and printing a family travel book using Snapfish or Shutterfly to capture your memories. Be sure to debrief with your travel-mates and reflect on what you’ve learned to improve your next multigen trip!
Tell us about your experience earning this family travel badge!
We want to hear from you. What travel tip did you find most interesting? How was your trip? Fill out the Multigenerational Travel Badge Guide Worksheet. Send us some pictures (tag us on Instagram or Facebook) and your notes and we’ll send you something in return.